Tell us about yourself.
I am a Pacific Northwest native. I love to travel, experience different places, meet new people and spend as much time as possible outdoors. When it is just too wet and cold, staying home, cooking something delicious, opening a bottle of wine and hanging with friends is perfect for me. I have a degree in Communication Disorders and also work part time with children as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. Doing that along side teaching Pilates I have found to be a really nice balance.
I grew up as a middle child with one older brother and a younger sister. My family now lives all over the world (southern CA, Denver, Madrid) but Seattle is where we like to call home, even though I am the only one here. I am very close with all of them and love when we are all able to get together!
Did you grow up in Seattle?
Seattle was home to me until I turned 18 and moved to Northern California for college. During that time my parents were transferred to Southern CA for work so when I graduated I moved down to be close to them. After 10 years in California, I moved back to Seattle to pursue my dream of becoming a Pilates instructor, experience the city as an adult and reconnect with old friends.
Tell us about your first Pilates experience.
My first experience was after walking by a Pilates studio every day in the town I was living in and becoming so curious about the reformers I saw in there! I had to try it out. I went and instantly fell in love. It was an emotionally challenging time in my life and became a huge outlet for me, something I constantly looked forward to. I continued to do Pilates while living in Spain for a period of time and that is when I decided I wanted to make it a larger part of my life.
Do you have a favorite food or favorite restaurant?
I am such a foodie!! I love it all!! But if I had to choose one type it would probably be Mexican. I can’t go too long without tacos. And of course any Seattle seafood is always at the top of my list.
Do you have a favorite wine?
I love a good California Cab and am a sucker for Spanish wines.
Why did you become a Pilates teacher?
I became a Pilates instructor because Pilates transformed my life in so many positive ways, both physically and emotionally, I wanted to share that feeling with other people.
Describe Emerald City Pilates in three words.
Comfortable, fun and inspiring!
Do you have a favorite "type" of student when you teach Pilates?
My favorite “type” of student is anyone who is open and excited about learning about their bodies and how we use Pilates to move and feel better overall.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you want to visit?
I would love to go to South America, I have family in Chile I have always wanted to visit, and Machu Picchu in Peru is definitely on my bucket list!
What are your favorite ways to incorporate movement into your life in addition to Pilates?
In addition to Pilates I love to go for hikes and explore the beautiful parks we have here in Seattle as well as snowboarding on our beautiful mountains. Aside from that, especially on the really rainy days, spinning is another way I like to get my body moving.